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  • Sheriff tamps down rumors in killing

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it has no evidence that convenience store owner Harnish Patel’s murder was ethnically motivated, but it isn’t taking that possibility off the table.
    Meanwhile, Patel’s widow, Sonal Patel, issued a statement late Thursday thanking the sheriff’s office and the entire Lancaster community for their support.
    “We appreciate all of the love you have shown us,” Patel wrote. “It is with your support along with time that will help us to move forward.”

  • Learning from the master

    Cherry Doster
    Special to The Lancaster News

    The 2016-17 school year has been a busy one for Van Wyck artist Bob Doster.
    In January and February, Lancaster County School District students have been converging on his Backstreet Studio in Lancaster to paint banners that will be exhibited from March to October in the Red Rose City’s cultural arts district. He also served as an artist in residence at Indian Land’s Harrisburg Elementary School.

  • Let’s mosey on down to the beach

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    The phones rang early and often in the newsroom Monday, with various versions of “hey there’s a horse-drawn covered wagon and two cowboys riding down Bowater Road.”
    If you didn’t pull over and strike up a conversation with them, which is what they were after, let us handle the howdy-dos.

  • J.R. Wilt cast a long shadow

    One of Lancaster County’s most outspoken community advocates and government watchdogs, J.R. “Jack” Wilt, died Saturday.
    Tim Wilt said his father died at his home of a heart-related issue after lying down for a nap on his 78th birthday.
    Wilt and his wife, Shirley, had five sons.

  • Thornwell rockets to top

    Lancaster native and Gamecocks leader Sindarius Thornwell ascended another rung on the ladder of basketball stardom Tuesday, honored as Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in his senior season at USC.
    “I hollered when I heard the big news,” said Thornwell’s mother, Sharicka, who still lives in Lancaster. “Me and my son Tay were in the car a little after noon on Tuesday when we got the news. Tay said, ‘I knew it!’

  • Heath Springs man dies in house fire

    HEATH SPRINGS – A fatal house fire that killed a Heath Springs man Saturday remains under investigation, public safety officials said Tuesday.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Arthur Leon Southern of 6067 Flat Rock Road.
    An initial release Saturday on the fire said Southern was home alone.
    The 56-year-old Southern died of smoke inhalation, according to a preliminary autopsy performed Monday.

  • Sheriff wants to revive Adopt-a-Highway

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking volunteers from across the community to help revive the Adopt-a-Highway Program.
    Participation in the program, in which community groups take responsibility for cleaning up roadsides in specific areas, has fallen off in recent years, said sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy.

  • Community Foundation grants help other nonprofits

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    The Lancaster County Community Foundation awarded $4,500 in grants to nonprofits in Lancaster in the past year.
    The recipients were:
    ◆ HOPE in Lancaster, which received $1,500 for its “Fresh and Healthy Food Initiative.”
    ◆ Grace Place in Lancaster, which got $1,000 for building renovations to double the number of children it serves.

  • Cold snap puts tender plants at risk this weekend

    Temperatures dipping below freezing and scattered frost have put the state’s peach crop and early blooming spring flowers at risk this weekend.
    Nighttime lows are projected to dip to 26 degrees Saturday night and about 30 degrees Sunday night. Recent warm days have a few plants ahead of schedule presenting the possibility of frostbite for their tender leaves and blooms.

  • State issues fire alert to discourage burning

    The S.C. Forestry Commission issued a Red Flag Fire Alert for the entire state Friday to discourage all outdoor burning.
    Darryl Jones, commission fire chief, said weather forecasts through Sunday include stronger-than-normal wind gusts and low relative humidity. When combined with dry conditions, those factors increase the likelihood that outdoor fires can rapidly spread out of control.